Across the river Amstel was built here a wooden drawbridge at the end of 17th century.
Some local people say that the bridge was named after the Mager Sisters (mager = skinny). These two well-to-do sisters lived on opposite sides of the river. They are said to have had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit one another.
But it is more likely that the name “skinny” is because that the bridge used to be very narrow.
However today’s bridge is wider than the original bridge and dates from 1969 and belongs to the best known bridges from Amsterdam (from abt. 1.300 bridges).
Hundreds of lights romantically illuminate the Skinny Bridge at night.
The Magere brug (skinny bridge) is one of the most famous bridges in Amsterdam. It is a wooden double liftbridge with 9 passages with 20th century origin. The name refers to an older bridge here that was narrow, or skinny. This bridge dated back to 1691. In 1871 this bridge was demolished because it was a ruin. The next bridge was a wooden bridge that hold for 50 years. It was then thought there should be a modern stone bridge here, but government made other decissions. The bridge was rebuilt to look like the old one. Untill 1994 it was manually opened, but legislation made an end to this. The manual labour was too heavy.
The most famous of Amsterdam bridges is for sure the "magere brug" / skinny bridge. This double lifting bridge has nine sail-through ways of which the middle one (with the actual lifting part) offers the highest possibilities for ships. The bridge connects both sides of the Amstel iver and was started in 1671 with two bridgeheads. After that it was very long silent around the construction. The bridge is called "skinny", because the road over it is rather long but not very wide. The now-a-days variant is already wider then the original, that used to be really narrow. The bridge is also seen in many paintings of Amsterdam and the Amstel river through the centuries.
The many canals in Amsterdam called for bridges. That's why you'll see lots of them. The most photographed one probably is the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) that spans over the river Amstel and consists of two parts that can be raised to let boats pass by.
Originally constructed in 1670, this is the most famous bridge in Amsterdam. Truthfully, I liked the nearby Blue Bridge better.
There are a few public sitouts close to Skinny Bridge and its great to just sit and watch few boats go past and the sun goe down. The place also has some interesting elephant figurines
It’s interesting to see it at night when it’s lit up. It’s one of the most photografied things in Amsterdam. It’s a copy of the one there was there in the XVIIth century.
You will find this bridge in most guide books but to be honest we couldnt see what all the fuss was about !! But being a tourist attraction it still had to be seen !
The 'skinny bridge' is Amsterdam's oldest bridge. It opens when a big boat wants to pass and it's made of wood.